Govt treating migrant workers like second-class citizens, says Rahul Gandhi on passport rules

The decision was taken on the recommendations of a three-member panel, comprising officials from the MEA and the Women and Child Development Ministry.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2018 3:26 pm
Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing the media at AICC HQ. (Source: INC)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Sunday, attacked the union government over its decision to end the validity of passports as holder’s address proof, calling it a “discriminatory mindset.”

Taking the BJP-led government head-on, the Congress President said that the move shows that the government was treating India’s migrant workers as second-class citizens, which is unacceptable. Gandhi said, “Treating India’s migrant workers like second-class citizens is completely unacceptable. This action demonstrates BJP’s discriminatory mindset.”

The reaction comes in the wake of a decision by the Ministry of External Affairs to not print the address of the holder on the last page of a passport, denoting that the travel document will no longer serve the additional purpose of a residential proof.

The decision was taken on the recommendations of a three-member panel, comprising officials from the MEA and the Women and Child Development Ministry. MEA in its statement said, “As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, the passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with orange passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport.”

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “The Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course. Till such time the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the Ministry by ISP, Nashik, the passports and other travel documents would continue to be printed with the last page.” Raveesh added that existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet.

(with input from PTI)

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  1. Guptan Veemboor
    Jan 14, 2018 at 6:37 pm
    The move to stop printing the last page of passports is wrong one. It is to please the Ministry of Women and Child welfare. There move is to protect the single mothers. First of all, how many single mothers are among the passport holders. It is sure that they will form a very very very minuscule portion of the whole lot. Should the rule be changed for pleasing them? Actually, the father's name and mother's name help to identify the person. So too the address. It shows that at the time of issue of the passport that person was living in such and such a place. Now for Aadhar is made compulsory for each and everything. When it will be made mandatory to use public toilets also is anybody's guess. When things are like that this move to keep the last page of the passport is highly deplorable. To save the women who get pregnant due to 'divyagarbha'.
    1. Apollo Z
      Jan 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm
      One can easily understand the slave mindset of Chaddi bhakts. After all their half chaddis were a slave dress of the English. Now they want to create a new slave class. They want to point out you are a labourer, you are a illiterate. And give you a different dress code.
      1. Kay Gee
        Jan 14, 2018 at 6:31 pm
        Emmigration Check Required is there since many years, The move will help authority to check reason for travel, if used with reason.
      2. Badhri P.N
        Jan 14, 2018 at 5:13 pm
        Wrong move and passport holders faced any troubles in overseas address content will help them. Moreover KYC purposes address should be continued and no harm continuing existing practice. Atleast it should be individual option regarding address portion in PP. No public opinion invited before major decision by MEA is questionable.
        1. Joshy George
          Jan 14, 2018 at 5:12 pm
          Not putting address proof on the passport. It is first step to make compulsion to every citizen should have Aadhar card.
          1. Joshy George
            Jan 14, 2018 at 5:09 pm
            This is move to make every citizen should take ADHAR CARD.
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